In order to give a gentle thud to the studies of ancient traditions of spirituality and especially the Veda and Tantra, a Vedic university is soon likely to come in the shores of Kerala. This Vedic university is targeted to the younger generation of the country in order to make them understand the country’s rich spiritual tradition and heritage. The Travancore Dewaswom Board, which takes charge of quite a number of shrines in South Kerala, is planning to set up a Vedic university in the state.
According to some board officials, the first round of talks and discussions by the board members is already done in presence of the subject experts. After these talks the various aspects of the projects and curriculum would be decided. Though the main focus of the university would remain the studies of Veda and Tantra, there would be other general courses and subjects in offer like the other general universities. There are discussions going on over making the university either a central one or a deemed one.
According to P Venugopal, who is the commissioner of Dewanswom Board said that they are planning the university on the model of foreign varsities like Oxford. Though it had been set up as a theological university, Oxford now offers a variety of courses on various subjects. The proposed Vedic University is also planned on that model. Students can study any science or humanities subject there but its focus will be the spiritual studies.
According to the board official three locations have so far been selected to set up the university. These locations are Sasthamkotta, Valiyasala and Nilackal. But the final decision is yet to be taken up. The Travancore Dewanswom Board is an autonomous body which manages over 1200 temples in the state.